Combing the Net – 5/1/2012

Is the Megachurch the New Liberalism? — Al Mohler, who serves as a teaching pastor in a megachurch, asks some very tough questions about the trajectory of the theology of American evangelicalism as led by the megachurch culture. Specifically, he asks whether the reluctance to speak about divorce (for fear of losing church members) has led to a church culture that affirms sin in an attempt to “save” the church, which is exactly what happened early in the 20th Century with the rise of theological liberalism. As an example, he refers to a recent sermon by Andy Stanley, the influential pastor of Atlanta’s Northpoint Community Church (and son of Charles Stanley). You can watch the sermon here (the segment in question begins around 24 minutes in). It’s a long article, but if you only read one thing today, make it this one. It’s going to make the rounds, and will probably spark a lot of good discussion. Stay tuned!

About That New Obama Slogan — I’m not a fan of our current president, but have never taken him for an idiot. But what is he thinking? If he doesn’t want to be called a Socialist, why the heck does he choose the same campaign slogan used by Germany’s Social Democratic Party since 1884? Of course, the SDP party platform — not to be confused with the National Socialist (Nazi) Party — does pretty much represent what Barack Obama has consistently promoted during his administration.

What Augustine’s Baptism Can Teach Our Churches — When a staunch Southern Baptist like Russell Moore starts talking about learning from a Roman Catholic author’s book about a paedobaptist church father, you know it’s going to be interesting! Great stuff as always from Dr. Moore.

A Theology of Reading — Here’s an 11-minute podcast with Tony Reinke, author of Lit! A Christian Guide to Reading Books, which is absolutely phenomenal. Hopefully the podcast will whet your appetite for the book!

Free Audiobook of the Month — Speaking of books, the ChristianAudio.com free book of the month is Resolving Everyday Conflict, by Ken Sande. I haven’t read (or listened) yet, so can’t offer a recommendation one way or another.

I enjoyed this video addressing common objections to Christianity (HT: Thabiti Anyabwile):

One comment on “Combing the Net – 5/1/2012

  1. [...] The Relevant Queries for Andy Stanley — Denny Burk lists three questions he’d like to see answered by Andy Stanley in light of comments from a recent sermon. For the background on this story, see the Al Mohler article I posted yesterday. [...]

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